Braque expands upon a collaboration between himself and Picasso (Céret, 1911)
Come, let me be your guide, I know the cypher to its depths.
We call it Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece.
Pull the bottle from the cork, drink from its geometries,
attune your ear to subtle notes of ochre and grey.
Now, abstract your gaze. See how the images surface and dive,
What? What’s that you say? You see no clarinet, no mantleshelf,
no bottled rum?
Hilary Hares has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Winchester in 2010 and an MA in poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work has appeared in the following:
Anthologies: Lines Underwater 2013, Inspired by my Museum 2014, Hampshire Writers’ Society Anthology of the Best of 2011-2014
Competitions: Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2016 (shortlist), Christchurch Writers Competition 2013 (First Prize for Poetry), The Plough Prize 2011 (longlist)
Collaborations: Elemental Dialogues (www.elementaldialogues.wordpress.com), Writing Hampshire (www3.hants.gov.uk/writing-hampshire).
Magazines: Antiphon, Bare Fiction, First Time, South, Obsessed with Pipework, Orbis, The Interpreter’s House, The New Writer